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The Gauge to Determine whether a Favour is a Blessing or a Trial

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 06:39

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

If a person makes shukr to Allah Ta‘ala for the favours he enjoys (and he utilizes the favours in the obedience of Allah Ta‘ala), then this is a sign that the favours he enjoys are a blessing from the side of Allah Ta‘ala upon him (which will be a means for his progress). However, if he does not make shukr to Allah Ta‘ala for the favours, and the favours cause him to fall into negligence and forget Allah Ta‘ala, then this is a sign that the favours he enjoys are a trial and test from the side of Allah Ta‘ala upon him.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 14/131)

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Distancing

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:34

‘Distancing’ is perhaps among the most commonly used words in the recent past. The question is: Is “distancing” really a matter of life and death?

Spiritually speaking, YES, it can become so. If a person becomes distanced from Allah Ta‘ala due to being affected by the virus of sin, he will become spiritually sick and weak. If he continues to persist in major sins and gets extremely distanced from Allah Ta‘ala, such distancing could eventually lead to spiritual paralysis or even death!

GREATEST AMBITION

A Muslim’s greatest ambition, most lofty aspiration and ultimate goal is to get close… very close... to his Rabb and Creator, Allah Ta‘ala. Hence he will “go the extra mile” and strive as much as possible to earn that special closeness and proximity. On the contrary, he will be totally averse to anything that will distance him from Allah Ta‘ala even to the minutest extent.

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Solace in Sickness

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:30

Influenza, pneumonia, TB, bronchitis… There are thousands of diseases in existence, and every disease brings some form of discomfort, inconvenience and pain to a person. Hence, no person wishes or desires to be afflicted by disease. In the hadeeth as well, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us to seek protection from illnesses and diseases.

Nevertheless, if Allah Ta‘ala has decreed sickness for a person, then together with making du‘aa for shifaa (cure), one should immediately hold firmly onto sabr while hoping for and anticipating the immense rewards that are promised in the ahaadeeth for those who patiently tolerate sickness without complaint. Some of these ahaadeeth are:

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Happiness

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:23

Q: Often I feel down and miserable. Sometimes there is a reason for it, but sometimes I cannot understand why I am feeling miserable. I perform my salaah regularly and  recite Quraan daily. I also get bored easily. How can I be happy? Please advise.

A: The following principle should be understood well: Difficulties, hardships and challenges come upon both the pious as well as the sinners. The difficulties on the pious come as a test and become a means of elevating their status in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. The sinners are afflicted with hardship as a very mild form of punishment and mainly as a “wake-up call” so that they may repent and come back to the obedience of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Inspirational Advice

A Bargain for Barakah

There was once a man who had four sons. When he fell ill (and was nearing his end), one of his sons (was so eager to serve him and enjoy the exclusive privilege of caring for him, that he) told the other three sons, “Either you nurse him in his sickness and forfeit your shares of his estate; or I will nurse him and forfeit my share of the estate.” His brothers were pleased with his proposition and left him to nurse their father on his own.

When the father eventually passed away, then as agreed, the son who nursed him did not take any share from the estate. Thereafter, he saw a dream one night in which a person told him that one hundred dinaars (gold coins) were kept at a certain place, and he should take these coins. He asked the person whether the money contained barakah (blessings), to which the person replied in the negative.

The following morning, when he related the dream to his wife, she insisted that he should take the money saying, “Having some food to eat and clothing to wear is (sufficient) barakah.” However, he, did not agree.

The following night, he again saw a dream in which a person told him of a certain place where ten dinaars were kept. Once again, when he asked if the money contained barakah, the reply was in the negative. He related the dream to his wife the next morning, and she insisted that he should go and take the money, but again, he refused to do so (not wishing to acquire wealth which was devoid of barakah).

On the third night, he again saw a dream in which a person told him of a certain place where he could find a single dinaar. This time, when he enquired as to whether it contained barakah, the answer was in the affirmative. He thus went to the described location and took possession of the dinaar.

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